Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and lovers.
The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.
The traditions of Valentine's Day are broad and many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and romantic dinners are the big hits of this holiday.
It is a romantic event for lovers, and a fun event for kids and family. Many a couple become engaged or wed on this day. For others it is a day to fall in love.
On Valentine's Day, 2009
, 39,897 couples, friends and families got together in Mexico City, and kissed for 10 seconds. It's the world record for the most simultaneous kisses.
Did you know?
While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1 billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day.
Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
During the "Roaring twenties (1920's)", mobs, crime and gangsters were at a height in many parts of the U.S. Alcohol was banned, spawning the rise of Bootlegging and mob activity. Chicago, Illinois experienced more than it's share of mobs and gangsters. On Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, four gangsters dressed up as policemen and massacred seven members of a rival gang.
Did you Know?
February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird's mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other.
This just might be the most important information you need to know about for giving flowers on this day. Send the right message. Hint: red roses signifies love. But, what about the other colors?
Red roses represent love, beauty, passion, courage and respect.
White is the color of purity and innocence. It also represents silence or secrecy.
Appreciation,"Thank you", grace, perfect happiness, and admiration
Send roses of this color to show appreciation or gratitude.
Joy, gladness, friendship, delight, freedom, the promise of a new beginning.
Admiration, desire, enthusiasm, fascination
Red and White
Given together, these signify unity.
A symbol of purity and loveliness
Symbolic of girlhood
Charm, thoughtfulness, graciousness
Signifies "Love at first sight".
Flowers that say "LOVE":
Many flowers express love in some way or other. They are popular for Valentine's Day, but may be better for your budget than a dozen roses. Here is a partial list:
The red rose is the universal symbol of romantic love. Need we say more?
- These pretty blue flowers are a sign of love or friendship.
- This popular Valentine's Day gift has heart-shaped leaves.
- You can kiss under it on Valentine's Day. Good luck finding it in February...